Orange, Mozilla Bring Affordable Smartphone Bundle To Africa

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Orange has teamed up with Mozilla to bring an affordable smartphone bundled with voice and Internet access to its markets in the Middle East and Africa.

The French mobile group will launch the Orange Kilf in 13 markets in the region from the second quarter. For the equivalent of US$40 customers will get smartphone and six months of voice, SMS and data usage up to 500 MB per month.

The Firefox OS-powered device is made by Alcatel OneTouch. It is a 3G phone.

“We have not decided to make any compromises,” with the quality of the device, Yve Maitre, EVP of partnerships and connected objects at Orange, speaking at a press event in Barcelona on Sunday.

Nonetheless, “the price in all our countries will be below $40,” he said. At present, most customers would pay that amount for a 2.5G feature phone, he explained. “It is something which will change the lives of hundreds of millions of people.” Original post at Total Telecom

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